The Seibu Lions announced on March 13 that Takeya Nakamura will spend time working out at Seibu 2 Stadium due to discomfort from his right ankle. He was scratched from a game against Orix on March 12 after he started feeling discomfort in the ankle during pre-game practices. He is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 19.0 Comments
Tetsuya Utsumi felt discomfort in his left forearm after pitching in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 2. The Seibu Lions announced that Utsumi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on March 4 and diagnosed with mild strain in his left flexor digitorum superficialis muscle. He could end up missing the start of the regular season.
This is not the first time Utsumi has had problems with his left forearm. He missed some time during the 2015 season with inflammation in the same general area.
Source: Daily Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Sports Hochi 3/6/2019, Sponichi 3/6/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/6/20190 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that Daiki Enokida returned to Tokyo to continue his workouts at Seibu 2 Stadium. The reason for the move, according to media reports, is likely because Enokida has some tightness in his left shoulder.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they reassigned Makoto Aiuchi to Ni-gun. The media is reporting that the decision was made because Aiuchi developed pain in his left knee.0 Comments
Family and Relationships
December 29 – The media learned that Ogawa filed marriage papers with a woman after the season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/29/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants announced today that the Lions selected thirty-six-year-old Tetsuya Utsumi as part of their free agent compensation package for Ginjiro Sumitani. The Giants released the following statement from Utsumi:
Being a part of the Giants over the last fifteen years, with support from the best fans in Japan, is my greatest memory. I am grateful to all my teammates. I take great pride in the things I have accomplished with this amazing team, like leading the league in wins and being a player rep. I will apply everything I learned with the Giants and do my best with the new team I will be joining. To the Giants, I look forward to facing you at the Nippon Series. To the fans, please continue to support me.
[UPDATE 12/22 @ 5:17am]
The Lions held a press conference for Utsumi on December 21. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Source: Seibu 12/21/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they finalized a contract with twenty-five-year-old pitcher Jen-Lei Liao. He was assigned the uniform number 50.
Liao was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 draft by the Yomiuri Giants. He went 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA (1.70 WHIP) in thirty-one Ni-gun games between 2017 and 2018.
Source: Seibu 12/17/2018
[UPDATE 1/25/2019 @ 2:04am]
The Lions held a press conference for Liao on January 24. According to Tokyo Sports, his salary will be an estimated six million yen.0 Comments
Source: Seibu 12/14/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they filed papers to post twenty-seven-year-old Yusei Kikuchi.
[UPDATE 1/9 @ 2:16pm]
The Seattle Marines signed Kikuchi to a four-year contract that can end after three years, or extend to seven years. The contract has a thirteen million dollar player option for 2022 that can be replaced by a four-year, sixty-six million dollar extension. Kikuchi can become a free agent if he declines the 2022 option and the Mariners do not pick up the four-year extension. Kikuchi can earn forty-three million dollars over the first three years and as much as 109 million dollars if the contract goes to seven years.
According to Japanese reports, the Seibu Lions are expected to get 10,275,000 US dollars for posting Kikuchi.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Zach Neal.
[UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:24pm]
According to Nikkan Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 71.5 million yen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018
[UPDATE 11/24 @ 2:24am]
Sponichi is reporting the deal to be worth an estimated 650,000 US dollars.
Source: Sponichi 11/23/2018
[UPDATE 12/9 @ 5:40pm]
The Lions announced that they finalized an agreement with Neal. He was assigned the uniform number 54.
Source: Seibu 12/8/20180 Comments